tecuhtli (MH749r)

tecuhtli (MH749r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing provides an iconographic example of the way elite males could be portrayed. It is a man’s head in profile, looking to the right. The head is inside of a building (probably a calli), also in profile and facing right. On the man’s head is the crown-like diadem called the xiuhhuitzolli. This adornment suggests that he is a lord (tecuhtli, also spelled teuctli).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The diadem by itself can serve as a glyph for the title tecuhtli, as examples below will attest.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


señores, diademas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el principal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 749r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=576&st=image

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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